Curtis Institute of Music to Host ‘Daughter of God’ Workshop

By David Salazar

The Curtis Institute will host a workshop of “Daughter of God” on May 10, 2024.

The opera for chamber ensemble and mezzo-soprano explores the story of Leah, a Christian influencer, who after a battle with cancer reveals that her illness is terminal. However, new technology allows her to transcend her physical form by having her consciousness uploaded to an AI named Thea. This new process comes with a major realization that recontextualizes the entire premise.

The workshop features 15-20 minutes of musical excerpts from the opera and a roundtable discussion with local artists and others. Participants include mezzo-soprano Joanne Evans, conductor Micah Gleason, composer Christopher Bell, librettist Susan Bywaters, and director/designer George R. Miller.

“I am excited to present this opera which deals with subject matter that feels very immediate and pressing to me, and to perhaps most others who live in the age of the internet,” Gleason told OperaWire. “The workshop I hope will be a really unique and interesting experience, as it’s rare to have parts of the research, brainstorming, and exploration process to be public in this way, and for audience members to get to weigh in on the piece while it is still being created — musically, thematically, and otherwise. I cannot wait to hear what people think, and how they think the story should end!”

Gleason is a mentee of conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin as the Rita E. Hauser Conducting Fellow at the Curtis Institute of Music and was selected for the Hart Institute for Women Conductors Showcase as well as the 2024 Taki Alsop Conducting Award. She has conducted such ensembles as The Orchestra Now, the Dallas Opera Orchestra, the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, and the Eastern Festival Orchestra, among others.

Evans is a graduate of the Merola Opera Program and the Artist in Residence program at Opera Colorado.